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New substance abuse facility opening in Harlem

Wall Street Journal
5.18.11


Caribbean NewsNEW YORK — A new facility for women just out of prison suffering substance abuse is opening in East Harlem.

The $15 million Kandake (kahn-DAH'-kee) Houses is run by Greenhope Services for Women. It opens Thursday.

In addition to providing traditional drug and alcohol treatment, Greenhope offers holistic and cultural programs. They include yoga, gardening, cooking, and dance classes.

The 8-story building has room for 72 residents, including 28 with children, plus outpatient services. The facility features green technology.

It received city, state and federal funding. Greenhope was established in 1976, and operated from a convent across from the new facility.

Kandake is an ancient African word meaning warrior queen. The building's facade features a colorful pattern reminiscent of an African textile.

—Copyright 2011 Associated Press

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